Dushaw Hockett is the founder and Executive Director of Safe Places for the Advancement of Community and Equity (SPACEs), a Washington, DC-based leadership development and community building organization dedicated to bridging the gap between what people imagine and what they achieve. At his TEDx event he argues that the way in which “we think about, talk about, and act on issues of racial bias and other difference is woefully inadequate and incomplete”. In “We All Have Implicit Biases. So What Can We Do About It?” Dushaw describes the characteristics that make a bias implicit:
- Operate at the subconscious level
- Run contrary to our conscious beliefs
- Triggered through rapid and automatic mental associations between people, ideas, and objects and the attitudes and stereotypes that we hold
He also offers three reasons why we must address implicit bias and create an Implicit Bias Approach to help move the country forward:
- An expanded diagnosis of the Problem – if we get the diagnosis right, we can get the treatment right.
- Predictive and Preventive – a person can go to Project Implicit and take any of the Implicit Association Test and receive a test result that can serve as a predictor of discriminatory behavior.
- Reduces shame and shaming – there is a difference between guilt and shame. A big challenge in our country is that we intentionally and unintentionally shame ourselves and others.
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- After taking the Implicit Association Test, create an action plan on how you can reduce your bias.
- Reflect on any attitudes and behaviors you attach to certain associations.